WORCESTER, Mass – Holy Cross sophomore forward Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) has been named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week, while Crusader freshman forward Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) has earned Rookie of the Week honors. Fletcher recorded four goals and two assists for six points in the 2-1 Atlantic Hockey Tournament best two-out-of-three quarterfinal series win over Canisius on March 11-13, while Schmidt tallied two goals and three assists for five points during the series. This is the second time that Fletcher has received this honor as he also won the award this season on Feb. 7, while this is the first time that Schmidt has been named Rookie of the Week.
Fletcher tallied one goal and one assist in the 6-3 victory in game one on March 11, while he scored three goals for his first collegiate hat trick and recorded one assist for four points in the 7-3 series clinching win on March 13. Fletcher leads the team with a career-best 38 points, while he is tied for first with a career-best 22 assists and is second with a career-best 16 goals. His 16 goals are tied for eighth all-time for a season on the Holy Cross all-time Division I list. For his career he has 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points.
On March 11, Schmidt scored one goal in the 6-3 win, tallied assists on both Crusader goals in the 3-2 overtime loss on March 12 and recorded one goal and one assist for two points in the 7-3 victory on March 13 to win the series. For the season he has six goals and 15 assists as his 21 points are fifth on the team.
The third-seeded Crusaders (17-15-5 overall, 14-8-5) will play second-seeded Air Force (18-11-6 overall, 14-7-6 Atlantic Hockey) at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., on Friday, March 18 at 7:15 p.m. The first semifinal will be between top seeded RIT and the six seed UConn at 4:00 p.m. The championship game will be on Saturday, March 19. This is the first time since the 2005-2006 season that the Crusaders have advanced past the quarterfinals. In 2006 the Crusaders won their second Atlantic Hockey Tournament championship. The Crusaders went 0-1-1 versus Air Force this season on the road on Dec. 3-4, with a 1-1 tie and a 7-6 loss.
The Crusaders will be making their fourth appearance in the Atlantic Hockey semifinals as they made it to the semifinal round in the first three years of the tournament (2004, 2005 and 2006). The Crusaders are 2-1 all-time in AHA semifinal games as they defeated Canisius on April 14, 2004 by a 4-1 score, fell to Mercyhurst, 4-3 in overtime, on March 18, 2005, and defeated UConn by a 4-1 score on March 17, 2006. Both times the Crusaders have won in the semifinals they have gone onto to win the title.
Holy Cross is 10-1-3 over its last 14 games as the Crusaders have outscored their opponents by a 63-32 margin. Holy Cross has averaged 4.5 goals per game and has allowed 2.3 goals per contest over the last 14 contests.